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An Post Rás 2016 , National Irish cycle race

AnPost National Cycle Race 2016 Stage 7, Saturday May 28: Dungarvan to Baltinglass, 155 km Nigel Borrington

AnPost National Cycle Race 2016
Stage 7, Saturday May 28: Dungarvan to Baltinglass, 155 km
Nigel Borrington

During the past week (22nd – 29th May 2016), The annual An-Post cycle race took place.

The race covers 1,235 kilometres over eight stages with 25 categorised climbs, including three category one climbs, Conor Pass, Ballaghisheen Pass and Mount Leinster.

Race Details

Stage 1, Sunday May 22: Dublin Castle to Multyfarnham, 144.6 km
Stage 2, Monday May 23: Mullingar to Charleville, 183.7 km
Stage 3, Tuesday May 24: Charleville to Dingle, 133.2 km
Stage 4, Wednesday May 25: Dingle to Sneem, 162.8 km
Stage 5, Thursday May 26: Sneem to Clonakilty, 148.3 km
Stage 6, Friday May 27: Clonakilty to Dungarvan, 159.1 km
Stage 7, Saturday May 28: Dungarvan to Baltinglass, 155 km
Stage 8, Sunday May 29: Kildare to Skerries, 148.4 km

The race was great fun to follow and great fun to go and take some pictures of, you get a great close up feeing when watching a race like this one.

Clemens Fankhauser in the end became the first rider since Chris Newton in 2003 and 2005 to be crowned a two-time winner of An Post Rás. The Austria Tirol Cycling rider put on a classy display on the final stage into a crowd thronged Skerries to finish in the main bunch, maintaining his lead on the General Classification (GC) and lifting the trophy for the second time in three years.

Race Gallery

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10 responses

  1. Great bike photographs. A real sense of being there. What a great event it is on the Irish road race calendar. Ushers in the Summer!

    May 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    • Hi frater 🙂

      Thank you , I am just getting back into cycling so it was great to see this event, irish cycling for everyone is just taking off 🙂 it’s a wonderful country on a bike even in the rain 🙂 🙂

      May 30, 2016 at 8:49 pm

  2. Looks like those bikes might be outfitted for cobblestones?

    May 30, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    • Hi Alli, do you mean the bikes with the high tyre walls ? , I think this is just a new idea for bike racing kit , I know what your thinking though ! Lots of city bike now have supper fat tyres 🙂 🙂

      May 30, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      • I’m “very close” to an avid cyclist–he is always discussing tires…we just had a conversation about cobblestones a week ago, so it’s fresh in my mind!

        May 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    • HAHAHA , I have had my bike for years and just put it back on the road for this summer , the man in the bike shop did a great job getting it ready for me but blinded me with cycling science, some I needed to know – most I did not 🙂 , as long as the tyres go in the correct direction 🙂 🙂

      May 30, 2016 at 9:17 pm

  3. Great movement captures!!! You would be interested in knowing that Vancouver has a mandate to create bike lanes, given our exponential increase in population. We need to find different ways of transportation in the coming years, especially in the downtown area.

    May 31, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    • Hi Rebecca 🙂

      That’s great to know, yes we all do need to get our legs moving more and get out of our cars !! 🙂 🙂

      Here it has been a little slow to get cycle routes going, people are making a big effort though i.e. http://www.deisegreenway.com/ but we need many more like this one 🙂

      The more people who cycle and walk, the more money that will be given to help make the roads safe for walking and cycling !!!

      Thank you , great and very welcome comment ! 🙂

      June 1, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      • I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, Vancouver has marked “this week is ride your bike to work week.” Of course it’s a sunny day today. We live in a rainforest so it becomes more difficult when the rains come. But there are more and more hardy souls that brave inclement weather. I love walking, rain or shine! I really enjoy following your blog. Have a great day.

        June 1, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      • You to Rebecca , thank you

        June 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm

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